Monday, February 26, 2024

Enough Already with the Spitting!

I recently returned to Korea after a few years away. There was plenty to take in. You can buy non-hobbit sized towels and shoes...

Starting Over… Again.

Even for people used to living in cultures other than their own, where sometimes practically nothing seems to make sense, shifting to a new...

Driving Badly around the World

Each country has a unique driving culture, with its own unique, culturally specific means by which its people might go about getting themselves killed. The way people drive...

Things Koreans Like

One thing I will never really get is why so many of my Korean friends 'like' so many things on Facebook that I could...

Conversations with Online Scam Artists: The Gold Merchant

Lately I've been in contact with a number of highly dodgy people who have collectively promised me (among other things) many millions of dollars,...

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The great 20th Century philosopher Douglas Adams once said that we are, in a very important sense, protected by our own ignorance...

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A holiday in Iran

The world is a scary place. That's what I keep hearing. I do however belong to the most dangerous, destructive species on...

‘This Isn’t Happening’. Prostitution in Korea. Does it actually exist?

A young Korean friend asked for a little help with a short essay he had written for his university English class. We chatted over...

The World’s Worst Mass Murderers

By this title I don't mean of course to speak of people who decided for whatever reason to go on a killing spree but...

Christmas in Oman

It may not shock to hear that life in the Middle east is a touch different to that in the west. We all know...

I had a White People Problem in Africa

I finally stepped out of the airport, breathed the fresh air and looked up at big, blue African skies. Three seconds later I lowered my gaze and...

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